We’ve recently started working with the elusive Richard Hennerley on his new book ‘I Really, Really Want It’. A romping, satirical, thrill-ride of a book that touches on the culture of ‘celebrity’ and it’s superficiality…
We met up with Richard, which we strongly feel is not his real name, in a secret location. Feeling like a spy, we rather timidly asked him a few questions and transcribed them below… hope you enjoy, and get a copy of the book!
“I Really, Really Want It” is, superficially, about fame and celebrity but it’s also about love, life, death, the fact that none of us are entirely good or bad and that we all live in a world where truth, fiction and lies exist simultaneously side-by-side, informing every aspect of our lives and how we inter-react with each other.
How did you come up with the title?
It’s taken from the whole talent show things, when asked how much they want to be famous, people always reply “I really, really want it.”
Tell us about you yourself, how much can you say?
You’ve read the book, so you’ll understand that I have to protect myself. All I’m prepared to say is that I’ve spent most of my working life in PR. I won’t say in exactly what field of PR so don’t ask.
Is the book part of a series? Are you planning any more?
For the characters who survive “I Really, Really Want It” things are left very much open so, yes, there will be a sequel: there’ll be a whole load of new nastiness in there as well.
What inspired you to write the book?
The saying “all that glitters is not gold.” We peddle this idea to kids that celebrity is a panacea for all problems, that it’s all good. Truth is it’s a strange and disturbing world, replete with sociopaths, fakes and freaks.
There are a lot of real-world similarities. Are the characters based on real celebrities you know or have worked with?
I absolutely won’t give you a straight answer here, and don’t press the point. The characters may be based on real people I’ve known, they may be composites or they may be straight from my imagination. It’s up to the reader to decide who or what the characters are and if we’re talking about character here, who of us is really real, is really presenting their true, unvarnished face to the world? Like I said, truth and lies. Figure it out. Don’t figure it out.
Who do you think will enjoy reading the book?
Anyone who loves, hates or is intrigued not just by celebrity but by people in general.
When is your book available to purchase and from where?
Download now from Amazon & Smashwords. Print version available in about two weeks.
Follow R. Hennerley on Twitter
Richard is also available for interview viaKris Barnes